Our mission is to ensure every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting new and gently used baby items from those with “extras” to spare and distributing them to families living in poverty through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies.
At Share Our Spare we believe that ALL children are OUR children, which guides everything we do as we seek to create new models and ways of thinking to make the world a better place. We are advocates and defenders of children, guided by a shared sense of humanity, a deep responsibility to care for all children, and a passion for improving the lives of children living in poverty.
Share Our Spare was founded in 2011 by Amy Kadens following the birth of her first child. She realized that being a new mom was challenging even with extra resources and support, and that no parent should ever have to endure the stress of providing the basics. She leveraged her network of friends and family with extras to share and connected them with Chicago’s most needy families. Over the past several years, we have collected over 1 million infant and toddler items to distribute to thousands of Chicago area families in need.